Midcoast’s CJ Express Pipeline Expansion Improves Gathering Capabilities

By Maddy McCarty, P&GJ Digital Editor

The CJ Express pipeline expansion project added pipeline and compression to Midcoast Energy’s gathering system in East Texas when it came in service last month, a spokesman said.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

The project improves gathering capabilities in the Shelby Trough area of the Texas Haynesville, the company website states, and increased the Clarity pipeline’s transmission capacity to Gulf Coast markets to about 1 Bcfd.

The main project involved adding 30,000 horsepower of compression at Grapeland, Texas, and 5,000 horsepower of compression at Goodrich, Texas, said Mark DeRusse, Midcoast Energy’s Vice President of Asset Optimization & Development. Both compressors are connected to Midcoast’s Clarity pipeline, which is part of the company’s East Texas System.

The system consists of about 4,200 miles of natural gas pipelines including 350 miles of large diameter intrastate transmission pipe, according to the company.

Midcoast Energy, an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners, entered into a commercial agreement with an anchor shipper to support the CJ Express pipeline expansion to transport natural gas supplies from East Texas to the Texas Gulf Coast, according to the company.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s April report, which reflects drilling data through March, projects new-well gas production per rig will increase by 12,000 cubic feet/day month-over-month in May in the Haynesville Region.

EIA projects Haynesville Region natural gas production will increase 103 million cubic feet/day in May compared to April, the report shows.

Midcoast Energy also announced a firm transportation agreement and natural gas purchase and sales agreement with Golden Pass LNG Terminal, which will become effective after the Midcoast Clarity pipeline in the Beaumont, Texas area is extended to a new interconnect with Golden Pass Pipeline, according to a news release. The construction and effective date of commitments will align with Golden Pass LNG’s feedgas needs.

The Golden Pass Pipeline is a 69-mile interstate pipeline that connects with several pipelines and storage facilities along its route, according to the Golden Pass website. The mainline transmission extends from the Golden Pass LNG Terminal near Sabine Pass, Texas, to a terminus point near Starks, Louisiana, and can transport about 2.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, the website states.

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